Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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New Life Academy held its third annual elementary talent show on May 30. A number of students performed icluding Midi Ogundare, who danced to the song "Shout to the Lord." Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.
Back in April 2011, Woodbury residents Jane and Pat Thiegs decided to get away for the afternoon, so they hopped in their car. "We just got in the car and drove," Jane said. "We let the car lead." The Thiegs eventually found themselves in Prescott, Wis., where they saw signs for Valley Vineyard. The couple stopped in, sampled some wine, talked to the owners and found a new life adventure. "We started driving, we were maybe couple a miles away, and we looked at each other and said 'We've got to do this," Jane said.
High school seniors weren't the only ones celebrating a milestone last week. Bailey Elementary kindergarteners celebrated graduations of their own May 31 at the school. The graduation ceremony included graduation-themed songs performed for parents. "The end of the year is always bittersweet," Bailey kindergarten teacher Megan Blake said.
Back in December, Afton City Council learned that a house iit had planned to demolish as part of its Flood Hazard Mitigation project had some unique and rare history. At that time, the Afton Historical Society informed City Council that the living room of the house, located on St.
Construction bid accepted Afton CIty Council accepted a construction bid for its 50th Street maintenance project during its May 21 meeting. The quote, from Hardrives, Inc., is for a total cost of $85,545.25. The maintenance project will include a mill and overlay of 50th Street from St.
East Ridge High School junior Beatrice Nyabuti grew up in Kenya and she can distinctly remember having to carry water far distances in order to have access to it. Now, Nyabuti, and other East Ridge students, are working to make sure other students don't have to go through the same experiences that Nyabuti did with the school's new H2O For Life group. "Most students here don't know what other students in other countries go through and the obstacles they pass through," Nyabuti said.
Early on in his high school career, East Ridge High School senior Kyutae "Alex" Kim set a goal for himself of beating his older brother's class ranking. Well, Kim has done more than that by earning the rank of No. 2 in his graduating class. "I wanted to rank higher than my brother," he said. "I don't even remember where he ranked, but it wasn't two." Kim will graduate June 1 with a GPA of 4.45. He said setting a goal to earn a high ranking helped to push himself further.
East Ridge High School's top student will be trading in her black and gold for maroon and gold when she attends the University of Minnesota next fall. Allie Kobe will graduate June 1 with a GPA of 4.429. Kobe maintained her No. 1 ranking throughout high school. "My mom always said it's good to get to the top and stay there rather than try and fight your way up," she said. Kobe said being ranked at the top of her graduating class was a goal that she set for herself early on since she had a sister who maintained the top spot until her senior year when she slipped from the top.
School's out for East Ridge High School English teacher Sheila Tschida. Tschida retires at the end of the year after spending the past 40 years as a teacher, 33 years of that spent in District 833. "I'm going to miss all the interaction with kids," Tschida said. "It gives me a lot of positives and it makes me have a lot of faith - there's a lot of good stories coming from here. "I will not miss the papers and the bells, though." Tschida's road to becoming a teacher began at a young age. "I probably knew at age 5 that I wanted to be a teacher," she said.
Woodbury Middle School seventh grader Peter Blanchfield is hoping to make history this weekend. Blanchfield will be competing Friday at the National History Bee's 2013 National Champions in Atlanta, Ga. The National History Bee is a Jeopardy-style competition. A total of 425 students from 47 states will be competing for a $1,000 scholarship. "It'll be fun to see the other kids there who like history and talk to them about how they got started," Blanchfield said. Blanchfield qualified for the national championship after winning the regional finals back in March in Minneapolis.